Tips from a Contractor: How to Prepare Your Home for a Remodeling Project

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Tips from a Contractor: How to Prepare Your Home for a Remodeling Project

Often home remodeling projects are intended to create a space in your home that is more convenient and to make your life just a little easier. You are re-arranging the floor plan, the foot traffic flow, and installing updated features to make life just a little more convenient and conducive to your lifestyle. BUT in order to get to that place, you will be inconvenienced temporarily. While undergoing a home remodeling project can be frustrating and tiring, there are some ways that you can set yourself up for success. Here are our top tips for preparing yourself mentally and physically for a successful home remodeling project.

Prepare Your Vision for the Space

Even before you discuss your home remodeling project with a contractor, you should have a vision for what you want completed. Look at the space and think about layout, functionality, colors, textures, and overall feel. You can create a mood or vision board on paper or digitally using sites such as Pinterest to save your ideas. This will ensure you are prepared for meeting with a contractor so they can put together a proposal for you. The most important thing to remember about creating a vision for the space is to focus on the overall feel and color scheme, but don’t be too specific in the planning phase. By keeping open to what materials can help to fulfill your vision, you will be able to manage your expectations – especially if you had your heart set on a specific design that may not be available to you in the end.

Prepare for the Unexpected

In the planning phase, and all the way through the project, you should expect to be faced with the unexpected. Whether it is materials not being available, weight bearing walls not being able to be removed, space limitations, etc. Problems will undoubtedly arise when walls come down and you are able to see something you couldn’t see before. This could mean changes in the design as a result of unexpected circumstances, such as electrical or plumbing issues. While good planning will help keep these problems to a minimum, it’s still likely that some unplanned problems will occur.

The most important thing to during the remodel process is to keep the lines of communication open with your contractor. Most contractors will tell you that the key to a successful remodel where all parties leave happy is good communication between the clients and the remodelers. If you have any questions, ask! Don’t be shy or hesitant. The more at ease you feel with the process, the more you’ll be able to trust your contractor, minimizing tension and stress.

Prepare the Space

Once you scheduled the dates for your home renovation with your contractor, you will now need to prepare the physical space. You will need to completely empty out the area to be remodeled. Depending on the space being remodeled you will need to remove everything inside of cabinets, on shelves, and on counter tops. If flooring is being replaced, the furniture will need to be moved out as well.

Something you can do that will help to de-clutter your space while you prepare for a remodel, you can take some time leading up to decide whether there’s anything you’d part with before the renovation. Sub-divide belongings into four piles: donate, sell, hand-me-down and save. Anything that won’t be used post-renovation, get it out before you start the demo.

Prepare to be Inconvenienced 

During a remodel or renovation in your home, there will be dust, excess noise, items in the different places, to name a few. If you work from home, you will want to ensure your home office is set up as far away as possible from the construction area. You will want to try and manage your expectations going into your remodeling project so that you don’t feel as inconvenienced as you probably will. The good news is: it is only temporary and the end result will be worth it!

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